Kapenta drying on a sunny day on the beach of lake Malawi.
Gourmet food in Berlin.
Adaeze Wolf author and food Blogger of Naturally Good eating dinner with her Family and friends. For the cookbook
As the sunsets in Karamoja Uganda, a group of pastoralists walk with their cattle back to the kraal.
The sun rising over the mountains in Stellenbosch, a wine region in South Africa.
A portrait of the German Actress Karoline Schuch in Berlin.
Pouring a red glass of wine in a German vineyard.
A mother serves dinner to her family in São Tomé and Principe. She cooked for the book
A rooftop view over the city of Fes in Morocco.

Schön, dass du hier bist. Nice to meet you.

I'm Maria, a German-American travel, food, and portrait photographer based in Berlin. I specialize in capturing the beauty  of authenticity in my photography. I'm especially proud of my award-winning travel cookbook, 'Eating with Africa', published by DK Penguin Random House in 2020. Writing this book changed the trajectory of my life in so many ways!

I studied journalism and media communication that's where realized that I loved creating visuals. For the last thirteen years, I‘ve specialized in high-end editorials, books, and corporate photography. As a Certified Online Marketing Manager with first-hand experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge in creating standout online content that engages audiences and drives results. 

I am currently training to become a nutritionist with a holistic approach. My expertise in Africa, nutrition and strong interest in regenerative farming allows me to bring a unique perspective to my work. This also sparked the idea to start working on my next big Vision; a place that offers education and unites knowledge in nutrition for the BODY and the SOIL in Africa. This journey to food is beginning now in the region of Karamoja, Uganda where I currently reside. 

Learn more about BODYandSOIL here.

I believe that we are all much more capable than we think, that the journey and not the achievement brings happiness, and that everything is "figureoutable."

What I do

I specialize in stories on Africa. Check out some of my work here.
Food and Travel
From fine dinning to simple cuisine, check out some of my work here.
Portrait Photography
Corporate Photography
Wine and Travel
Wine stories have been around for a long time...I try to do it differently.
Food and Drinks
I specialize in natural light and on-location shoots.
Eating with Africa
Ten countries, fifty recipes, and stories. My African Cookbook.


Helgard Below

"Nur wenige Fotograf*innen beherrschen die Food-, Porträt- und Reisefotografie … so perfekt wie Maria. … Mit ihrer Fähigkeit, sich schnell auf Menschen und Situationen einzustellen, kommen zudem Leichtigkeit und Lebendigkeit in ihre Fotos." 

Peter Hossli
NZZ am Sonntag 

"Maria Schiffer ist eine leidenschaftliche Fotografin. Sie beobachtet genau und lichtet Menschen in ihrer ganzen Menschlichkeit ab. Marias Arbeit «Eating with Africa» ist aus meiner Sicht eines der spannendsten und vielfältigsten journalistischen Projekte der letzten Jahre. " 

Anne Stolba

"Marias Bilder sind immer auf den Punkt; kreativ, mitfühlend und liebevoll.


Magazines / Publishing Houses

Der Spiegel; Geo Saison; Der Feinschmecker;
Der Tagesspiegel; Ringier Axel Springer Schweiz AG - GaultMillau-Channel; Dorling Kindersley Verlag GmbH; Südwest Verlag GmbH; Süddeutsche Zeitung; MERIAN; BRIGITTE;
 BRIGITTE Mom; BRIGITTE Wir; Stern; BEEF; Emotion; MAX Magazine; Lufthansa Magazine; Swiss Board Magazine; Gruner & Jahr Corporate Editors; NOW / otto group; Chancen / KfW Bank; Werte / Deutsche Bank; SonntagsBlick; Robb Report; FOODIE; DVZ Magazine

Brands / Companies / Agencies

Booking.com; BRLO GmbH; BRUNATA; bp content; Baby Box and Family; HAWO GmbH; HappieHaus GmbH; Meta; Natural Mojo; PlusDental; 
Shutterstock Inc.; Vranken Pommery GmbH; ZUVA 

People / Personalities 







Eating with Africa

"Eating with Africa" is an African travel cookbook. It's my culinary journey through 10 African countries and a collection of 50 personal recipes and stories. The book is available in all German-speaking countries. 


German Cookbook Award 2020 

3rd place in the category International Cuisine

Gourmand Award 2021

awarded as one of the Best in the World

© DK Verlag



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